Reeves (Rives), Harriett Elizabeth nee Hargrove
SummaryFather: Unknown Hargrove
Birth: 1776 to 1794
Birth Source: Estimate from 1820 Census of Washington County, Georgia
Death: 1828, Baldwin County, Georgia
Death Source: Probate records of Baldwin County circa August 1828
Spouse1: John Bedingfield, m. 28 May 1807 in Richmond County, Georgia
Spouse2: John Turner Rives, m. 16 Dec 1812 in Baldwin County, Georgia
NarrativeThe Richmond County, Georgia original marriage bonds record Harriet Eliza Hargrove's marriage to John Bedingfield on 27th of May 1807. By January 1811, Mrs. Harriet E. Bedingfield was recorded as the widow of John Bedingfield in Baldwin County, Georgia. Although Harriet was not named in John Bedingfield's will, she is recorded as his executor in probate and guardianship records. John Bedingfield's will refers to a son John and requests to be buried beside John in St. Paul's Courtyard. It is an odd request since John Bedingfield, Jr. was still living circa 1829 and named in probate documents of the estate of Harriet E. Rives.
Will of JOHN BEDINGFIELD of Baldwin and Richmond Co.'s, 10/5/1810:1/7/1811, p. 31
Wife: mentioned, not named. Exrs: Wife, and George R. Clayton. Son: John. Niece: Harriett Pegram Fox, dau. Of Colonel James Fox, decd. Testator to be buried in St. Paul's Churchyard near son, John. Wits: F. Walker, Thomas Watkins, Robert Watkins, Vas Walker.
Baldwin Co. WB A (1806 1829)
On 16 Dec 1812, as Mrs. Harriet E. Bedingfield, she married John T. Reeves in Baldwin County, Georgia.
From the Georgia Journal 1808-1818
Baldwin County, Georgia
23 Dec 1812 - Turner Reeves of Washington Co. married to Harriet Bedingfield of this place.
John T. Rives was the executor of the estate of John Bedingfield after his marriage to Harriet.
It appears that John T. Rives was deceased by 1820 for in that census, Harriet E. Reeves was listed as head of household that included only herself, age 26-44, and 2 male children under 10 years old. A William Hargrove was living in the residence next to Harriet and was likely a family member, possibly a brother.
The 1820 Richland District SC will of John T. Rives father, Timothy Rives, mentions a civil suit brought by Harriett and her son James against Timothy's estate. Harriett is named as the widow of Timothy's deceased son John Turner Rives.
Harriett E. Rives was deceased by August of 1828 when her estate was probated in the records of Baldwin County.
Child of Harriett E. Hargrove and John Bedingfield:
- John Bedingfield, Jr., b. before 1812
- James T. Rives, b. before 1820, m. Amelia E. Williamson 17 Aug 1835 in Richmond County, Georgia
Research NotesIt is not possible for the widow Harriet E. Bedingfield to have been the wife of John T. Reeves, son of Jeremiah Reeves, as proposed by the Reeves Review II. John T. Reeves, 26-44 was recorded in Jasper County, Georgia in the 1820 census with a wife, 16-25 and 5 children under the age of 10 years old. Harriet E. Reeves, age 26-44, who appears to be a widow is recorded in that same 1820 census in Washington County with 2 male children under 10 years old. The will of Timothy Rives of Richland District SC also names Harriett as the widow of his son John Turner Rives. Additionally probate records of Baldwin County record the estate of Harriett E. RIVES deceased in August of 1828.
SourcesRichmond County, Georgia Marriage Bonds 1785 - 1830
Baldwin County, Georgia Will Book A, p.31 - Will of John Bedingfield
Georgia Journal 1808-1818, Baldwin County, Georgia
1820 Census - Washington County, Georgia
Will of Timothy Rives, Richland District SC WB G, p. 180-182
Probate Records of Baldwin County, Georgia
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